Whatever the truth about Julian Assange’s innocence or guilt on a number of accusations, we know one thing for sure: he, WikiLeaks and their associates were targeted by a powerful smear campaign. We’ve seen a lot of smear campaigns over the past few years. Possibly the most aggressive (recently) came at Judge Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination hearings.
Most people, including this blogger, know little about what was behind the rape allegations against Assange. According to reports, two women separately claimed that they were having consensual sex with Assange but changed their mind midway through. They claim that Assange would not refrain once they changed their minds, so the consensual sex became rape.
The sexual assault charges against Assange were dropped in 2017.
However, some U.S. officials, and people in Congress raised them as proof of Assange’s poor character after his arrest today.
Assange isn’t the only one in the WikiLeaks circle who was publicly accused of rape or other sexual crimes that were never prosecuted.
In 2016, WikiLeaks published embarrassing insider emails of Hillary Clinton officials and the Democratic National Committee, and WikiLeaks was accused of working with Russia and being pro-Trump. Since the Trump – Russia smear fell flat with the conclusion of the Mueller investigation, the allegations against WikiLeaks could be just as baseless. We don’t really know, though. I don’t know. And that’s how smear campaigns work.